Grateful Dead Live at Mammoth Gardens on 1970-04-24
This seed is an upgrade over all circulating copies. The reel tape was carefully transferred by Gerhard Schinzel, reducing the speed problems that marred previous copies. Gerhard has had a 1st generation copy off Richard Wethey's master recording since 1976.
* The first seconds of Dire Wolf and Dark Star are cut.
* The d2t8 jam cuts off.
* About 2 minutes are missing from the beginning of Man's World.
The following are details of the tape speed correction that was performed digitally. The numbers express the amount of semitones the source tape ran too fast:
* acoustic set: constant 0.4
* Gradual speed-up from 0.4 to 0.6 during Easy Wind & Cumberland,
* Dire Wolf: 0.6
* Dark Star: 0.5; almost constant
* Man's World: varying between 0.4 to 0.5
The attribution of the 4/24/70 date to this tape is debatable. Richard's notes accompanying Gerhard's reel copy do not mention any specific day; the only information given is "Mammoth Gardens Denver 1970", which leaves the choice between 4/24 and 4/25. There is a newspaper article reviewing the second show; this article is transcribed at
http://firstname.lastname@example.org/msg02287.html . The fact that Man's World appears on this tape points to 4/25. Uli Teute writes on Deadlists, "I don't know how the 24th got attributed to what richard taped, but if he taped the 24. and the newspaper article is correct that would make 3 Dark Stars in a row (the 26th also has a Dark Star) - very unlikely - plus the article matches our tape just perfect. maybe we have the 25th. and do not know a bit about 4-24".
Subject: Slow Rider
Subject: Mammoth Indeed!
Subject: A Jewel of a show
Spring of 1970 was one of those magic periods where everything was totally working.
Many thanks to Richard, Gerhard, Carsten, Uli and Hanno.
Subject: The Location is... not Port Chester, but still hot!
Subject: mammoth dead
Subject: Rough beauty
Subject: Poor recording but worth it for the Dark Star
Subject: The Eleven Makes it worth it
Subject: Historical show!..(IMO)
Subject: beautiful stuff
Subject: This recording has to be the 24th
Was anyone else out there at this show?
Subject: Just cuz its there.
Subject: The show sounds fine
Subject: The Eleven
Subject: call it
The show is misdated. The recording was made on April 25,1970.
How do I know? Could anyone forget a first show? After the download I relived a night thirty-four years in my past recognizing everything. In fact, I knew the show before a single note was played.
On the first track just before Know Your Rider, some of the crowd chants Sit down, sit down The chanting was directed at a lucky bunch standing in front of the stage. I took the chanting personally and so did a few of my friends,.but we didnt sit! The chanting got ugly after the tune and Bob Weir intervened with banter about the famous dichotomy/duality between those who like to sit and those who like to stand. He knew that everyone would be up before long anyway.
Was the show good? Definitely! Absolutely! It was a musical epiphany and I harassed friends with recounts of the evening for years thereafter. Dont discount my opinion as first show hangover. Mike DeLong, a Reviewer for the Colorado Springs SUN felt strongly as well. As he described the evening his adjectives escalated from exuberant though joyful, soaring, throbbing, and finally to excruciating (as in climax). Read his entire review at:
Rating? I LOVE the show, but given the flaws (especially the chunk missing from It's A Man's World) a rating of three stars is charitable enough.
Check out DeLongs review before deciding move on without this show. The Dark Star > St. Stephen > The Eleven segue is way too good to ignore. Besides, this may have been be the last time the three were put together. Also, catch the band-instigated counterpoint clapping towards the end of Uncle Johns Band.
What are you waiting for? Fire-up your download manager and give this show a listen.
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